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BBCI: North Korea: No imminent threat of nuclear war, says Central Intelligence Agency chief

BBCI: North Korea: No imminent threat of nuclear war, says Central Intelligence Agency chief

The US Central Intelligence Agency Director Mike Pompeo says he wouldn't be surprised if North Korea tested another missile, given that it had two tests in July.

"The Cubans are there; the Russians are there, the Iranians, Hezbollah are there", he said on "Fox News Sunday".

"I am quite confident that (North Korean leader Kim Jong Un) will continue to try to develop his missile program, so it wouldn't surprise me if there was another missile test".

Mike Pompeo says Pyongyang is moving at an "ever alarming rate" with its weapons program.

"We're not closer to war than a week ago but we are closer to war than we were a decade ago", McMaster said, adding that the Trump administration is prepared to deal militarily with North Korea if necessary.

North Korea is thought to have developed a miniaturized warhead, and a more advanced intercontinental ballistic missile, that would enhance its ability to deliver a nuclear payload against the U.S.

Friday: The US president warns that military solutions are "locked and loaded" should North Korea "act unwisely".

Meanwhile, top United States military officer General Joseph Dunford is in Asia and is expected to meet with leaders in South Korea, Japan and China.

There is no imminent threat of a nuclear war with North Korea, the top U.S. intelligence official says, amid growing tensions between the countries.

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"I've seen no intelligence to indicate we're in that place today", Pompeo said.

He said the USA intelligence community has "a pretty good idea" about what's going on in North Korea.

USA financial markets took the rhetorical escalation in stride on Friday even as European and Asian markets weakened in a catch-up reaction to Thursday's drop.

China's president, Xi Jinping, made a plea for cool-headedness in a phone conversation with Trump on Saturday, urging both sides to avoid words or actions that could worsen the situation.

North Korea, for its part, threatened to shoot four missiles towards the island of Guam, a strategic outpost of the u.s. forces in the Pacific, where are stationed about 6,000 american soldiers.

North Korean officials in turn have accused the US leader of driving the Korean peninsula to the brink of nuclear war.

"North Korea best not make any more threats to the United States", the president declared before the White House press pool Tuesday.

In response, Mr Trump said North Korea should expect "big, big trouble" if anything happened to Guam.

The contacts are being held regularly between Joseph Yun, the US envoy for North Korea policy, and Pak Song Il, a senior North Korean diplomat at Pyongyang's United Nations mission, according to USA officials and others briefed on the process cited by the AP.